Q:When will registration for SPX 2014 open? We missed it this year and we want to make sure that we're there next year.
As many of you probably already know, SPX is moving away from our traditional thunderdome-style first come first serve registration process.
It translated poorly to the digital age as we ditched paper forms. And with the show’s doubling in size over the last three years we’re making some further changes for 2014, planning for a roughly equal split between invited exhibitors this year and a lottery for the balance of the hall.
Many shows use a portfolio evaluation / curation method to manage their invitations, and they do it quite well. This is not an approach that really fits well with our ethos so instead we looked at those creators and publishers that have consistently supported SPX over the last several years. That helped us define our invite list. Those invitation emails will start hitting the streets imminently.
SPX wouldn’t be SPX without an absolute sense of openness and accessibility for creators of all experience levels. I never want to go to an SPX where a Chris Ware or a Kate Beaton isn’t likely as not to be tabling next to someone doing their first show ever. To that end, the lottery allows any and all to apply for space and gives us a fair mechanism to select amongst vastly more applicants that we can otherwise handle.
Lottery details are likewise coming at you very soon. The application form will be widely promoted and available for several weeks so there’ll be no need to bum rush and plenty of opportunity to submit your info. We expect the actual selection to be announced about a week after the lottery application window closes (enough time to remove potential cheats).
As soon as there is something new to share you can bet we’ll be doing right here in this very space!
SPX 2014 takes place in Bethesda, Maryland September 13-14 2014. Hundreds of creators and thousands comics fans will be there.
You should totally come!
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